1.31.2011

{warm} january weekend


It's weekends like this past weekend that remind me why I love living in Charleston.

It was 75 degrees here on Sunday and absolutely beautiful. Saturday wasn't so shabby either, though a little cooler. If I ever seriously talk about moving back to the northeast again, can someone please remind me of days like this before we make a decision?

Ok, thanks :)

On a different note, after music class today Connor and I swung by my favorite store for vintage furniture finds. I saw this pair of lamps there last week and surprisingly they were still there today {which never happens}. I kept looking at them but passed and ended up walking out the door without them. We made it all the way home but after I put Connor down for his nap I couldn't stop thinking about them and just had to call the store and buy them over the phone.  I'm pretty excited and can't wait to do something awesome with them. Pics to come...

1.27.2011

crazy baby

I've started mixing apple juice and water in his sippy cup during snack time. Can you say sugar high?


1.26.2011

drool monster

I left Kyle and Connor alone with my camera and this is what I found....

1.25.2011

'cause ya know i love strollers!


My love for strollers is no secret. I did a ton of research before we decided on the BOB Revolution, which we love and couldn't live without. In addition to the BOB we also have a smaller, travel stroller, the Peg Perego Si, which I do like but don't love nearly as much as the BOB. Our main reason for buying the Peg was to make plane travel easier {and we were traveling a ton this year} plus it worked as a travel system with our Peg car seat so we wouldn't have to lug that around separately. Once Connor moves out of his infant car seat I'd actually like to get rid of the Peg stroller and buy a Maclaren (or a comparable umbrella stroller) because they are even more lightweight and easier to fold up and store in a trunk or overhead bin.

Babble recently released their list of Best Strollers for 2011 {click here for the list} I'd say they are pretty right on the money with most of the winners and the runner-up's.

I've got a lotta love for the UPPA Baby Vista, too, and am very intrigued by the Bumbleride after seeing it on this list, though I haven't tested it out in person.

What are your thoughts on strollers? Does anyone have one they couldn't live without that isn't on the list?

1.24.2011

swing


We discovered a playground near our house on Sunday and took Connor for a swing.

How did he like it?

I think his face says it all :) Weeeeeeeeeee!

1.21.2011

baby bundle


It seems to be snowing everywhere right now...and it's back to freezing temps in Charleston. I came accross this photo a few weeks ago and it makes me laugh every time I see it. Layers are key!

Happy weekend, everyone!

another good recipe: chicken parm with a twist


Here's another fantastic recipe from Eat, Live Run, Chicken Parmesan with a Twist. What's the twist, you ask?

Pepperoni!


Yep! And just like Jenna I also am not a huge fan of pepperoni, but in this dish it totally works and makes it VERY tasty. I made this for dinner last night and just had some of the leftovers for lunch. Plus, it takes less then 30 minutes to make from start to finish. I paired it with angel hair pasta but it would be great with any other kind of pasta. I also used regular pepperoni {rather the the turkey version she used} and Italian breadcrumbs {rather then Panko} because that what I had on hand.

Quick, easy and SO YUMMY. Plus....it got the thumbs up from Kyle, too, so ya know it's good!

Chicken Parmesan with Pepperoni

adapted from Food and Wine
serves 4

4 chicken breasts, pounded thin
2 cups breadcrumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup milk
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 ounces pepperoni
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 large jar tomato sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

In a shallow dish, combine the eggs and milk. In another dish, pour the breadcrumbs and in a third, spread the flour (you should have three shallow dishes all lined up).

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and working with one breast at a time, dunk in the eggs/milk, then the breadcrumbs and finally the flour. Repeat until all chicken breasts have been battered.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and lightly fry until golden on each side and cooked through. Drain the chicken on paper towels and then lay in a greased casserole dish. Cover with tomato sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella. Finally, lay the pepperoni slices on top.

Bake for 15 minutes. Serve with spaghetti or some kind of pasta.

{photos by Eat Live Run}


1.20.2011

worker baby


Just working away...chewing on a pen and typing on his baby laptop.

He's thinking of going to happy hour after work, too :)

1.19.2011

campaign furniture project

I've had a thing for refinishing furniture recenty. I love finding pieces that needs a litte TLC and turning them into someting beautiful. Case in point....this dingy, blah looking side table, which is a piece of vintage campaign furniture.


I removed the hardware and primed the entire thing with Zinssers. The brass needed some brightening so I scrubbed them with Bar Keepers Friend {which is awesome, by the way}. I then painted the piece with three coats of white paint. Once the paint had completely dried I wiped on two coats of Min-Wax Rub on Poly and let it cure for a few days. Then I re-attached the hardware and voila!

Here's is the final product....


Not bad for a nap-time project!

1.18.2011

daring moves

This morning I left the room for about two seconds and came back to this...


WOAH.

1.17.2011

10 months


Holy moley, we're up to double digit months now!

new etsy cards


$3.00. Click here to buy them on ETSY.

1.14.2011

splendid


I was walking around in the baby section of Target the other day and spotted these cute little outfits. When I picked one up I noticed how unbelievable soft they were and then suddenly realized they were by one of my favorite brands, Splendid. How awesome is that? I was so happy to see splendid is making baby clothes but sadly most are for newborns and Connor has definitely outgrown that size. Maybe they'll expand the line soon?

To see the collection, click here

1.13.2011

patiently waiting


Someone has figured out there is another person in the house who can give them treats.

1.12.2011

two teeth!


Remember when Connor started teething eight months ago?

Well, we've made the jump from a tooth to "teeth" :)

1.11.2011

baby in a box


Who doesn't have a picture of themselves as a baby in a box? I remember seeing one of myself with a ski hat and a scarf on pretending the box was a bobsled. Luckily, I don't have the slightest idea where the photo is now, and that's probably a good thing!

Connor has been loving this giant box and I'm sure these are just the first of many to come.

1.10.2011

seeing clearly


Old blue eyes above {hopefully} has perfect vision...

I do not.

So today I finally went and had an eye exam and was fitted for contacts. Turns out I have a astigmatism in both eyes and my left eye is pretty farsighted.

I must say life is a whole lot easier when you can see where you are going while driving! And I can even read the clock in our living room, which I previously couldn't see for the life of me.

Yep, 2011 is looking pretty bright these days :)

*p.s. a BIG happy birthday to aunt cristina!! xoxo

1.07.2011

boston lobster


You know you're from Boston when...
You think three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heatwave
You refer to 6 inches of snow as a "dusting"
You always 'bang a left' as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it
Everything in town is a 'five minute walk'
You believe using your turn signal is a sign of weakness
You dont realize that you walk and talk twice as fast as everyone else
You think the Kennedy's are misunderstood
You know what a 'regular coffe is 

Things to know about Boston...
It's not a water fountain, it's a bubblah
It's not a trash can, it's a barrel
It's not a shopping cart, it's a carriage
It's not a purse, it's a pockabook
Route 128 is also I-95. It's also I-93.
Never, ever stop for a pedestrian unless he flings himself under the wheels of your car
The first parking space you see will be the last parking space you see. Grab it.
Double park in the North End of Boston, unless triple parking is available

Connor may not have been born in Boston, but it is in his blood. The lobster and I are working on teaching him all about it. {Thanks Tiff and Joe!}

1.05.2011

curried butternut and red lentil soup


I made this soup tonight for dinner and it was so yummy. Kyle even liked it and he isn't exactly a soup for dinner kinda guy.

It's quick {roughly 30 min} spicy, flavourful, filling and perfect for a cold, rainy day which is exactly what we had going on here today. I HIGHLY recommend this recipe and am already looking forward to having the leftovers for lunch tomorrow :)

By the way, if you would like it to be less spicy you could omit the cayenne. Also, I didn't have any cilantro so I garnished it with a touch of feta cheese, which was pretty good.

Curried Butternut and Red Lentil Soup
{from eatliverun.com}


1 butternut squash (about 3 lbs), peeled and cubed
1 cup red lentils
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock
1 medium sized yellow onion, chopped
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
1 T fresh ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp salt
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp cayenne (or to taste)
cilantro to garnish 
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepot over medium high heat. Once hot, add the onion and saute for about five minutes, until the onion is soft and translucent.
Add the ginger and garlic and continue to cook for three more minutes, stirring often. Add the squash.
Add the can of diced tomatoes, red lentils, chicken stock, salt, cayenne and curry powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for twenty minutes, until lentil and squash are tender and cooked through.
Carefully transfer hot soup to a blender and process until smooth. Season with more salt if needed. Top bowls with fresh chopped cilantro right before serving.
{image from eatliverun}

1.04.2011

a walk in the sun


These photos are from Thanksgiving but I just happened upon them and though they were cute...

{plus, I didn't take any new photos today, woops!}

1.03.2011

happy new year!


One of us was brave enough to do the polar bear plunge on new years day.

That one of us was clearly not me :) The air was a balmy 65, but the water was a frigid 42 degrees. Not exactly my idea of a "beach day"

There were SO MANY PEOPLE THERE, it was craziness and quite the scene to watch. Wish I'd pulled my camera out of my pocket in time to get the whole countdown before they charged into the water, but I wasn't quick enough. Here's what it was like a few seconds after, though...



Hope y'all had a very happy new year and welcome to 2011!

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